Below guide will teach you How to Replace Brake Pads. Please follow the instructions carefully.
Things You’ll Need:
- Dial Indicator
- Combination Wrench Set
- Socket and Ratchet Set
- Jack Stand Set
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
- Brake Anti Squeal Paste
- Brake Pad Set
- DIY Costs: Est. $118.26 parts only
- Shop Costs: Est. $242.32 parts and labor
- Secure your vehicle on a flat surface and apply parking brake.
- Raise the front of the vehicle with floor jack. Don’t forget to put logs behind the rear wheels.
- It is better to support the vehicle on jack stands on both the corners to ensure your safety during the repair work.
- Take a large ratchet or socket wrench, remove the lug nuts from the front wheels and take the wheels away from the vehicle.
- Look for the brake caliper and loosen the bolts or pins holding the caliper in place.
- Turn the caliper round and take it out of the brake rotor. Do it carefully as you have to keep the brake lines free from any damage.
- Discard the brake pads and also anti-squeal shims if required.
- Push the caliper piston back into the housing.
- Take new brake pads and replace them into the caliper with old ones. Use anti-squeak lubricant on shims if needed.
- Put the caliper back onto the brake rotor and secure it with the bolts. Push the brake pedal in order to move the piston to the outward direction.
- You have to repeat the steps from 5 to 10 for the other side as well.
- Put the wheels back to the vehicle and secure them properly with the help of lug nuts. Replace any hub caps if present.
- Take the jack stands away and ground the vehicle by removing floor jack.
- Examine the level of the brake fluid in the brake master cylinder reservoir and if required add more fluid.
- Take a small drive and make certain that the new brake pads are properly installed.
Tips & Warning
- Don’t forget to use Person Protective Equipment (PPE) before starting any kind of repair work. Protective clothing like safety goggles, latex gloves, or closed toe shoes help prevent injuries.